Greetings from the other side of the Mighty Mississippi – Moberly MO, to be exact.
Hannibal MO, the boyhood home of Samuel Clemens, was a pretty neat place. It has a neat cave that inspired some of Tom Sawyer, a preserved old town section, and an Aldi, which for the uninitiated is an amazing cheap supermarket. We were there for Mark Twain Days, and saw the national championships in fence painting. 40% costume, 30% speed, 30% quality – for 10-13 year olds.
Here in Moberly, we’re staying at the Destiny center… I was expecting this morning to be going to some kind of new-age place, or some kind of adult education center. It’s more like a game room for kids. 2 nintendo Wiis, a stage with a Jesus-fish made of lights on the ceiling, air hockey, the works. It’s hooked up!
Now you have to ask why- hearts and minds people, hearts and minds. They’re promoting the religious agenda early, in an easy to swallow format, beating the influence of the secular world. this place reminds me of Jesus Camp (the movie). Unfortunately, the Uvulon (the most amazing science museum ever, in the Netherlands), or the American Museum of Natural History are far away from here, ideologically and geographically.
I think this is an indication the tide of faith is continuing to swell in the American heartland, and won’t be abating any time soon. Given what I’ve seen in churches and communities here in the Heartland of America, science is in for an uphill battle for the hearts and minds of America’s youth… and it could be quite a difficult fight.